Declan Rice replies to Man United transfer speculation

Declan Rice insists that he's not paying any attention to the speculation linking him with Man United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screengrab)

Declan Rice has moved to play down speculation linking him with a summer transfer to Manchester United from West Ham United.

The 20-year-old is reported to be on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar at Old Trafford as the Norwegian head coach looks to bring in some new talent at Old Trafford this summer.

However, Rice signed a contract with West Ham United last year to keep him at the east London club until 2024 and he has now insisted that he has no intention to seek a move away from the club.

Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Mirror, Rice said: “I know that there’s speculation but during the season last year I just signed a new five year contract with West Ham.

“So my focus is fully on playing for West Ham. I’ve got a great connection with the fans; the fans love me and I love them and that’s the way it is at the moment. I’m not thinking about anything else, for sure.

“It’s been crazy. For me to have thought that I’d be playing as a regular for West Ham in the Premier League at 19 or 20 is something that sometimes you’ve got to pinch yourself on.

“But it’s one you’ve got to take in you your stride as well – and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Rice scored two goals in 34 Premier League starts for West Ham United this season to help them finish in 10th place in the top-flight table.

Manchester United are bound to be linked with a host of players this summer as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of next season.

The Red Devils ended up in sixth place in the Premier League table and without a trophy this term to leave them without any silverware in the last two seasons.

It is thought that Solskjaer is looking to bring in a number of new players as he bids to bolster his squad ahead of next term.

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